Playfulness is the word that comes to mind when describing this abode based on an enchanted forest design theme, with a psychedelic-colored check-in area and uber-cool names given to places and services, such as Welcome (reception), KITCHEN (a brightly decorated contemporary bistro), and Whatever/Whenever (room service). A "tree" that doubles as artwork points the way to the hotel's various venues with neon-pink signs, and where else could you slap a huge mosquito on the wall and call it art? Rooms, some with harbor views (in Fabulous rooms), are consciously stylish, with a Munchi Box offering complimentary treats and DVD players (order DVDs from Whatever/Whenever). You'll probably want to have a drink or dance to a DJ in the WOOBAR and take a dip in the WET (at 76 stories, Hong Kong's highest outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, complete with a bar, Sunday afternoon DJ pool parties, and excellent views of Victoria Harbour). Unfortunately, the hotel's location at Kowloon Station makes it a bit far from the action of Tsim Sha Tsui, but it's connected to Elements shopping center and an MTR station with easy access to Central and the airport. In short, if this antithesis to the standard business hotel doesn't awaken your inner child, you might as well stay home.
- Beth Reiber